New Mexico State University

NMSU is proud to be a comprehensive university and home to a dynamic and multicultural population of more than 23,000 students. NMSU holds a place in the top half of institutions of higher education in Forbes' America's Best Colleges .

Academic Excellence

80+ Majors and Counting

Whether it's Agriculture, Engineering, English, or Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management, NMSU's academic richness encompasses numerous educational choices. In addition to academic advisors, online degree audits and tutorial centers, NMSU offers career counseling, study abroad programs, and many internship programs that offer valuable experience.


New Mexico State University attracts the best students from all over. We have students from all 50 states and 71 foreign countries. We are the only land-grant institution that is also classified as Hispanic-serving by the federal government and minority enrollment at the main campus is more than 49 percent.

New Mexico's Only Honors College

NMSU's Honors College provides motivated undergraduate students with opportunities to enrich their academic programs. In small classes taught by master teachers, honors students engage in lively discussion and collaborative investigation of interdisciplinary topics. Honors courses are challenging, but the individual attention makes the honors experience unique.

See the Honors College for more information.

Outstanding Faculty

From scientists and engineers to writers and historians, our faculty members are committed to classroom teaching. Fostering a dynamic learning environment, they share research opportunities with high achieving students in the Honors College and help define course work in a whole new way.


NMSU ranks in the top 100 institutions in the country in terms of Federal Research Expenditures. In the past year, with wide participation from across campus, NMSU has established five Research Clusters to take advantage of strategic opportunities that build on institutional strengths and respond to local, regional, and national needs. These Clusters encompass interdisciplinary work involving the university's six colleges and independent research units, including the Water Resources Research Institute and the Physical Science Laboratory.

Outstanding Educational Value

One of "America's Best College Buys"

No matter if an individual's long-range goal is to prepare for a career, pursue a graduate degree or attend a medical or law school, NMSU is an outstanding educational value.

NMSU has a variety of programs to help many students financially, ranging from merit scholarship opportunities to need-based financial aid packages.

NMSU has many part-time campus jobs with flexible hours that help students earn extra spending money or help build their resume with hands-on work experience.

See the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarship Services for more information.

Ranked As a Top University

NMSU is among only 4 percent of colleges and universities classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as Doctoral/Research University-Extensive. Additionally NMSU is home to the State's only Honors College, giving students the opportunity to study with award-winning faculty in small class settings.

The Right Size

Our faculty to student ratio is 1:19 and our 13,000 undergraduate students receive personal attention and feel a strong sense of community and belonging in classes that average 28 students. Just the right size, NMSU also offers the opportunities of a premier research university such as hands-on experience working in labs with professors who not only teach our courses, but who are also on the cutting edge of innovation and discovery.

Student Life

There is more to life than studying and textbooks, and much of our students' education occurs outside the classroom. Join one of more than 200 chartered clubs and organizations, or compete in the intramural program.

Finding your niche and achieving a balance between academics and activities is vital to your success.

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NMSU at a Glance

About NMSU

A comprehensive land-grant institution of higher learning, New Mexico State University is dedicated to teaching, research, and service at the undergraduate and graduate levels. NMSU is a NASA Space Grant College, a Hispanic-serving institution and is home to the only Honors College in New Mexico.

New Mexico is our campus

NMSU provides learning opportunities to a diverse population of students and community members at five campuses, a satellite learning center in Albuquerque, cooperative extension offices located in each of New Mexico's 33 counties, 13 research and science centers and through distance education. Locations and centers .

Degrees and certifications

Bachelor and graduate degree programs are available through the following colleges based in Las Cruces: Agriculture and Home Economics, Arts and Sciences, Business, Education, Engineering, Extended Learning, Health and Social Services, Honors, and the Graduate School. The College of Extended Learning also provides a wide array of distance education programs. Certificates, licensure programs and associate degree programs are available from the colleges in Alamogordo, Carlsbad, Doña Ana County and Grants, and the College of Arts and Sciences in Las Cruces.

A list of undergraduate majors can be found here ; for information on graduate programs, click here .


A member of the NCAA Division 1-A Western Athletic Conference, the university sponsors a wide variety of intercollegiate sports for men and women. Our Pan American Center can accommodate 12,590 and Aggie Memorial Stadium seats 30,000. Click here for details.

Arts and recreation

The university offers a variety of arts and recreational activities. Museums and art galleries, professional theater, music ensembles and symphony, visiting artists, national performers, professional road shows, on-campus public radio and TV stations, a student-run radio station, an 18-hole golf course, tennis and activity centers and natatorium are available at NMSU Las Cruces.


New Mexico State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, 30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, Illinois 60602-2504. Telephone: 800-621-7440

Explore the Region

Enjoy the sunshine and beautiful year-round weather and much more in Las Cruces, southern New Mexico's largest city.

Whether you want to sightsee, hike, mountain bike, camp, canoe, raft, fish, ski, snowboard, swim, or just hang out, you have your pick of adventures.

A city of more than 80,000, Las Cruces is located in the fertile Mesilla Valley with 9,000 foot peaks of the Organ Mountains to the east and the Rio Grande to the west.

Las Cruces is 45 minutes from the El Paso airport , 1 hr from White Sands National Monument , 1 hr from Elephant Butte Lake , 2.5 hrs from Ski Apache , 2.5 hrs from Gila , 3 hrs from Albuquerque , 4 hrs from Tucson, Arizona , 6 hrs from Farmington , 8 hrs from Pueblo, Colorado .

Information for School Counselors

This web page is designed to help high school counselors and transfer advisors find information about New Mexico State University. Below is a list of resources to connect you with the answers you need for your students.

Prospective Undergraduate Students

Freshmen Admission Requirements

Transfer Admission Requirements

International Student Admissions

Meet the Admissions Advisors

Contact your Admissions Specialist

Admissions Specialist Contact Info: For students last name beginning with…
Ruby A. Ortega A-D
Georgia Ann Misquez E-H
Rebecca Chavez I-M
Barbara Ann Tellez N-R
Naomi Philhower S-Z

Schedule a Campus Visit
Schedule a Group Visit
Schedule a High School visit with Admissions Advisor
Counselor Request Materials
Student Request

Financial Aid


University Accounts Receivable

Upcoming Events

Other Resources

Albuquerque Office

Contact the Staff

Valerie Groth Pickett
Director, University Admissions

Delia P. De Leon
Associate Director for Recruitment

Visit NMSU

We invite you to visit our campus and experience why NMSU is a special place.

To arrange your visit, use the Campus Visit Request Form or call ( 800) 662-NMSU and tell us how you want to spend your time. We will arrange appointments for you with representatives from our academic programs and student service offices. Although not required, we encourage you to make a reservation.

If you are considering attending NMSU to earn a graduate degree, please contact Graduate Student Services (575) 646-2736 to arrange your visit.

We offer campus tours Monday through Friday, excluding university holidays and holidays weekends. Campus tours led by Aggie Ambassadors take approximately one hour followed by a brief presentation by an admissions advisor.

Tours begin at the Admissions Office in the Educational Services Building at NMSU's main campus.

Group Visits

We are pleased to host campus visits geared toward groups of college-bound students in grades 8-12. Group visits are available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. (Specific dates may be unavailable due to campus events.) We encourage you to make reservations at least four weeks in advance.

University Offices will be closed and tours are unavailable on these days:

Independence Day Observance Monday July 4, 2011
Labor Day Monday September 5, 2011
Thanksgiving Thursday-Friday November 24-25, 2011
Winter Holiday, 2011 Dec. 23, 2011-Jan. 2, 2012
Martin Luther King Holiday Monday January 16, 2012
Spring Holiday Friday April 6, 2012
Memorial Day Holiday Monday May 28, 2012
Independence Day Observance Wednesday July 4, 2012

Check out these links for more information about NMSU and Las Cruces:


Las Cruces

Apply Online

Application types

Application Checklist (Las Cruces campus only)

  1. Complete an online or hardcopy application for admission.
  2. Submit the $20 nonrefundable application fee by check or money order to the address below. Be sure to include your full name and birth date on the check. Please do not send cash.
  3. Have your high school counselor or registrar send your most recent official transcripts to the Admissions Office at:
    • Office of Admissions, MSC 3A
      New Mexico State University
      P.O. Box 30001
      Las Cruces, New Mexico 88003
  4. Have your official ACT or SAT test scores sent to NMSU
  5. After your final semester of high school, please have your final official transcript sent to the NMSU Admissions Office to complete your admission.

Cost and Payment Options

College is an investment for a lifetime. Be sure to explore your financial assistance opportunities through our Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarship Services.

Entering Freshmen, Undergraduate Transfers, and Readmission

By enrolling in classes at the New Mexico State University a student makes a financial commitment to pay the tuition and fee charges associated with that enrollment. Please visit the University Accounts Receivable website to view the Terms and Conditions agreement. If you would like more information on financial aid, payment methods, and tuition costs please visit the following links.

High School Concurrent Enrollment

Once you have registered for your courses, you may pay your tuition by cash, check or charge through the Accounts Receivable Office located in the Educational Services Building.

Children of NMSU employees may be eligible for a special tuition rate. Contact Benefit Services at 646-1741 or see the Reduced Tuition Program for Dependent Children information on the Office of Human Resources website.

Tuition Waivers

New Mexico State University offers a number of opportunities for residents of other states to pay in-state (or reduced rate) tuition. Outlined below are some of the different financial assistance programs offered through the University. Contact an admissions advisor for additional information.

Students attending NMSU under one of these programs will remain classified as a resident of their home state and may not be eligible to establish residency in New Mexico until they have discontinued participation in the program. The programs listed are available only on the NMSU main campus. Other details may apply to certain programs.

Western Undergraduate Exchange

Eligible undergraduate students are assessed New Mexico tuition rates. To be eligible, a student must be:

  • admitted to the NMSU – Las Cruces campus as a degree seeking student in academic good standing
  • a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident
  • a resident of one of the following states: AZ, AK, CA, CO, HI, ID, MT, NV, ND, OR, SD, UT, WA or WY

Participation in WUE is renewable for a maximum of eight semesters, provided the student completes a minimum of 12 credits each semester and earns at least a 2.5 semester grade point average in each semester. Participation for students transferring to NMSU will be reduced by the number of semesters transferred.

El Paso, TX Area Waiver (135 Mile Waiver)

Eligible undergraduate and graduate students are assessed a tuition rate very similar to New Mexico tuition rates. To be eligible, a student must be:

  • admitted to the NMSU – Las Cruces campus as a degree seeking student in academic good standing.
  • a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident.
  • a resident of Texas and live within 135 miles of the NMSU main campus.

Participation is renewable provided the student earns a minimum of 12 credits each semester and earns at least a 2.5 semester grade point average (graduate students need to earn 9 credit hours and earn at least a 3.0 semester GPA) in each semester.

Active Duty Military Waiver

Eligible students are assessed New Mexico tuition rates. To be eligible, a student must be:

  • admitted to the NMSU – Las Cruces campus as a degree seeking student
  • a member of the U.S. Armed Forces or the spouse or dependent child of an armed forces member while stationed on active duty within New Mexico or Ft. Bliss & Biggs Airfield, Texas.

Participation in the program requires successful completion of the NMSU Active Duty Certification form available from the University Registrar's Office.

American Indian Nation, tribe and pueblo members

Eligible students are assessed New Mexico tuition rates. Students must be members of an American Indian nation, tribe or pueblo, located wholly or partially in New Mexico, regardless of the residence of the member prior to acceptance at NMSU. These include members of the following tribes or pueblos: Jicarilla Apache, Mescalero Apache, Taos pueblo, Picuris pueblo, Ohkay Owingeh, Santa Clara pueblo, Nambe pueblo, San Ildefonso pueblo, Pojoaque pueblo, Tesuque pueblo, Cochiti pueblo, Jemez pueblo, Santo Domingo pueblo, San Felipe pueblo, Zia pueblo, Santa Ana pueblo, Sandia pueblo, Isleta pueblo, Laguna pueblo, Acoma pueblo, Zuni pueblo, and the Ute Mountain tribe.

Navajo Tribal Member Waiver

Eligible students are assessed New Mexico tuition rates. To be eligible, a student must be:

  • admitted to the NMSU – Las Cruces campus as a degree seeking student
  • a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • an enrolled member of the Navajo Tribe residing on the Navajo Reservation in Arizona or Utah
  • completion of the NMSU Eligibility Certification form by the Navajo Department of Higher Education.

The certification form is available from the NMSU Admissions Office.


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New Mexico State University's Office of Financial Aid and Scholarship Services offers a variety of scholarships to incoming students. The ACT exam should be taken before January 1st so that scores are available in time for consideration for the scholarships that require them.

For more information about Scholarships see the resources in this section of our website.

To apply for scholarships, complete Scholar Dollar$ Application , NMSU's scholarship management system.

Student Employment

New Mexico State University provides many opportunities for students to work part-time while attending classes. The program that is right for you, work student or regular student employment, will depend on your experience, interests and eligibility. Cooperative Education and Internships are also available.

Work Study

The purpose of work study is to provide students with part-time employment to help meet college costs and, if possible, provide work experience in a related field. Federal work study is federally funded and need-based. Your eligibility is determined from information you provide on your FAFSA. To be eligible, you must show need on your federal need analysis report. Some non-need based state work study is also available.

The work study program is administered by the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarship Services and provides funding for student employment both on and off campus.

There are three categories of work study:

  • Federal
  • State
  • Crimson Scholar

Work study is funded by federal, state, and/or institutional allocations and is awarded to students who qualify. New Mexico State University contracts with off-campus agencies to employ work study students. Employment at off-campus agencies must be non-religious and non-political. New Mexico State University contracts only with non-profit agencies.

Earnings will vary with the nature of the job, your skills, and the hours you can work. Salaries start at minimum wage and range upward according to skills and experience. Most students work 10 to 20 hours a week. Employers usually prefer students to work three or more consecutive hours depending on their class schedules.

Job announcements are posted at the beginning of each semester and are continually updated. Postings are removed near the end of each semester and must be resubmitted to advertise positions in the upcoming semester. See the Financial Aid's Workstudy Student Information page for more information.

Regular Student Employment

Regular student employment is designed to:

  • Assist students in obtaining jobs which will help defray the cost of a college education
  • To provide an equitable personnel practices program
  • To provide students with career related work where possible

Career Services administers these student employment opportunities .

Undergraduate Students must be degree seeking, enrolled in a minimum of twelve (12) graded credit hours fall and spring semesters, and maintain at least a 2.0 cumulative grade-point average. Graduate Students must be degree-seeking, enrolled in a minimum of nine (9) graded graduate credit hours fall and spring semesters, and maintain at least a 3.0 cumulative grade-point average.















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